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Hey ANC, you are judged by the company you lend a hand

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In politics, diagram is fact. And the real fact is now we enjoy the governing occasion and its deployees in authorities, as well to the executive of the SANDF, apparently ingratiating themselves with the new skunk of the sector, Russia. Whereas world leaders enjoy been scrambling to release statements of condemnation against Vlad’s warmongering and invasion of Ukraine, our top brass became once hobnobbing at a cocktail characteristic at the Russian Embassy in Pretoria last week. What became once the occasion? In step with the invite, it became once the ‘Russian Motherland Defender’s Day’ celebration. Perusal of the safe aspects to something known as the ‘Defence of the Fatherland Day’, celebrated every 365 days on 23 February relationship lend a hand to 1919 after the Red Army became once established a 365 days earlier. These are two terms for the identical vacation it will seem. The cocktail reception in search files from took pickle on 24 February, a day after the national vacation in Russia. South Africa is no longer any bastion of ideal-wanting leadership or diplomacy on this planet, however for heaven’s sake, any Global Members of the family 101 student at university could maybe maybe be in a situation to describe you attending one of these cocktail occasion is utterly tone-deaf. Here’s a hyperlink to the limp-wristed observation from the Department of Global Members of the family and Co-operation (Dirco); the particular individual that hasn’t been retracted by the ANC for being too condemnatory of its Russian brethren. Whereas you’d cherish a dawdle at shedding your breakfast, enjoy a learn of what the ANC’s Global Members of the family Sub-Committee needed to pronounce in the tweet below.

@MYANC concerned by the quick escalation of battle between Russia and Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/vTa0Ejh2Wy

— African National Congress (@MYANC) February 27, 2022

For a political occasion that retains on alive to to recommend for fence-sitting and neutrality, their fence leans rather heavily to the left I wager. I reached out to the Department of Defence and Militia Veterans to substantiate whether this stinging observation below from the leader of the DA is warranted.

This became once the department’s response to BizNews:

“We confirm that the Minister of Defence and Militia Veterans, her Particular Advisor, Mr Tsepe Motumi and the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, Same outdated Rudzani Maphwanya attended the Russian Motherland Defender’s Day on the said date, as invited by the Russian Ambassador. This is integral to the fulfilment of defence international affairs, of which the defence establishment has several with many other nations. The Russian Motherland and Defender’s Day is an annual occasion to which the diplomatic, defence and commerce communities are always invited. We wouldn’t enjoy any comment to bear on the statements made by the legit opposition.” 

Now that their attendance is no longer any longer in doubt, right here’s John Steenhuisen’s take on it all. – Michael Appel

ANC raises champagne glasses to Russian army, at Russian embassy, because it invades Ukraine
On the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – 13 hours after the invasion had begun, to be staunch – the ANC Minister of Defence and Militia Veterans, her department’s special advisor, and the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), among others, attended a cocktail characteristic at the Russian ambassador’s region in Pretoria in honour of the Russian Defence Force.

The occasion, hosted by the Russian ambassador to South Africa, Mr Ilya Rogachev, and the Russian Defence Attaché, Colonel Dmitriy Priimachuck, became once boycotted by all NATO member nations. However this did no longer stay Minister Thandi Modise, her Director Same outdated’s special advisor Tsepe Motumi, and the Chief of the SANDF Same outdated Rudzani Maphwanya, in elephantine uniform, from clinking glasses and sipping champagne as they celebrated the facility of a military that had merely invaded its neighbour that very morning.

At a time when the sector has chosen to stand united in its condemnation of Russia’s battle declaration on a sovereign nation – when the staunchest Putin allies such because the Hungarian Prime Minister and the Czech President enjoy turned against him, and when even China felt it needed to abstain from a UN Security Council vote rather than make stronger Russia – our enjoy ANC authorities could maybe maybe no longer lumber speedily ample to the horrid aspect of history.

The grotesqueness of this gesture can no longer be overstated. Imagine raising a pitcher to the could maybe maybe of the German army at the German embassy on the day that Hitler invaded Poland.

To attain this enviornment worse, this cocktail occasion took pickle most attention-grabbing two hours after the Department of Global Members of the family and Co-operation (DIRCO) had issued a observation calling for Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine; a observation which has it sounds as if incensed the ANC and President Ramaphosa. They’ve since rebuked DIRCO and made makes an attempt to patch their relationship with Russia.

So now now we enjoy a DIRCO Minister, Naledi Pandor, who perceived to deliver utterly from the Russian hymn sheet in her SONA debate speech, most attention-grabbing to enjoy this reversed by her department in calling for a Russian withdrawal. However this became once then exact now contradicted by the attendance of her ANC colleagues at an occasion glorifying the Russian invasion, and a whole row-lend a hand by the presidency on the DIRCO observation.

This day, on #23February, #Russia celebrates the Defender of the Fatherland Day (beforehand identified as Russian, Soviet/Red #ArmyDay) We honour and delay our sincerest congratulations & most attention-grabbing desires to these who offer protection to Russia’s peace, independence & sovereignty!#23February2022 pic.twitter.com/FfepVnLSrg

— Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) February 23, 2022

So what’s it then? Where attain the ANC authorities and President Ramaphosa stand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine? How can the one hand no longer know what the different is doing sooner or later of a necessary world disaster? Every other world leader has by some ability learned it most likely to philosophize a sure pickle. Why enjoy we no longer heard from President Ramaphosa, in absolute and unambiguous terms, where he stands?

Russia is now a world pariah philosophize thanks to the ruthless warmongering of its despotic leader. It has creep out of chums and allies, and rightly so. Excluding down right here in South Africa, where you can maybe still rep the last lonely outpost of make stronger for a brutal regime that has no regard for international law or the sanctity of lifestyles. The ANC could maybe maybe no longer embarrass us more on the sector stage if it tried.

It is unacceptable that President Ramaphosa permits this confusion to continue, and our nation’s portray to be dragged by plot of the mud. The DA calls on him to exact now tackle the nation – and the sector, for that subject – citing his and his authorities’s pickle on the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation below Vladimir Putin.

Read moreover:

A frontline missive from surprising refugee Ronnie Apteker: “Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine)
SLR: Vladimir reveals up the liberal lefties
Ukraine: This is also complicated to sit down down on the fence – Chatham Home’s Christopher Vandome
The Warfare in Ukraine – the general files you wish from our companions at the FT

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